Deontay Wilder retains heavyweight title, defeats Tyson Fury via split draw

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Tyson Fury says "the world knows who the real WBC champion is" and believes his draw with Deontay Wilder was "a gift decision" for the American. Opinions were divided on the judges' decision, however, with some claiming that Fury was robbed of one of the greatest comebacks in history despite two knockdowns.

Fury's victory appeared evident to everyone, even in spite of a stunning 12th round knockdown in which the Gypsy King appeared to be out cold only to shock the watching world by bouncing back to his feet against the odds.

If the Fury camp gets it wish, it would not be the first time that a United Kingdom football stadium has played host to a big fight, with Wembley having hosted the world title fight between Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko among others.

Promoter Frank Warren said: "I'd love the rematch".

Despite there being no undisputed victor, both men gave proper respect following the fight, considering themselves the two best heavyweights in the world while also taunting Antony Joshua.


Furyshowed remarkable determination to get up from a vicious right hand-left hook combination in the final round, where he lay motionless for a few seconds before rising to his feet. "I'm the lineal champion of the world, I'm not just going to lay down and not get back up". I rushed my punches. "I can't tell you because I don't know".

Both fighters are expected to meet again in a rematch, with Fury determined to prove himself as the rightful victor in a second fight.

The 30-year-old spiraled into a period of chronic depression, but refused to give up on himself and his ring career, managing to shed over ten stone and return to professional boxing in June, winning two tune-up fights before challenging the feared Wilder on Saturday. "Fury's stock went up!" Fury appeared down and out, yet barely beat referee Jack Reiss' count, came back and hurt Wilder with right hands that prevented Wilder from finishing him off.

Fury's jab did a lot of damage and kept Wilder at bay.

Fury responded admirably to a big step up in competition after a lengthy absence and two warmup bouts, but Wilder got him in just enough trouble to earn a draw.


His awkward style and constant feints had Wilder struggling to find the target for much of the night, apart from his two notable successes.

"I thought I won the fight".

"I hope I did you all proud after almost three years out of the ring", Fury continued.

On the undercard, Jarrett Hurd defended his WBA and IBF 154-pound belts with a fourth-round stoppage of Jason Welborn.

Cuba's Luis Ortiz knocked down Travis Kauffman three times before stopping him late in the 10th round, and British heavyweight Joe Joyce improved to 7-0 with a first-round stoppage of Joe Hanks.


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